The Indian women’s cricket team created history today by defeating Australia in Twenty20 series with a comprehensive 10-wicket triumph in the nail-biting second game. This is India’s biggest ever win against Australia that holds a record of over three-time world championship at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. [Pic Credit: CricketCounty]
In a rain-affected T20 contest the Australians reached 8 for 125 from 18 overs, led by captain Meg Lanning with 49, but they failed to take a wicket during the chase and India reached their revised target of 66 with five balls of their allotted 10 overs remaining.
With today’s win, the Indians thus established a 2-0 lead in the three-match series, which will wind up on January 31 in Sydney.
Jhulan Goswami was the player of the match for taking two wickets for 16 runs in her four overs. India had won the toss and decided to field. Meg Lanning top scored for Australia with 49 off 39 balls. And it was Anuja Patil, who completed a brilliant match with a smooth catch that left Australia at 2 for 28. Skipper Mithali Raj (37 not out) came into form and marked the winning runs as India fixed up the target in 9.1 overs and showed the losing way to Australian players.
To win a thoroughly dominating performance from start to finish, India cornered Australia early on by reducing them to 33 for three in just the fifth over of the match.
In the end, the India seemed in a hurry to wrap up the proceedings and raced to 52 for no loss in 7.5 overs and another round of recalculation followed and the target stood revised at 66 from 10 overs.
Both teams now make the trip to Sydney for game three at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, with Australia looking to grab a consolation victory and avoid a series whitewash.